LIVE SALEROOM AUCTION: November 16, 2012 at 2pm (356 lots)

COMPANION ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION: November 20 through December 4 (447 lots)

The closure of a revered Chicago fine-dining establishment puts top wines on the market.

Christie’s New York is honored to announce it has been selected to sell the complete contents of the award-winning wine cellar at Charlie Trotter’s, the legendary Chicago restaurant. Over 4,000 individual bottles of wine will be offered for sale via two dedicated sales this month: a live saleroom auction on November 16 at 2pm, and a companion online-only sale that will open for bidding on November 20 and run through December 4.

Every major wine-making region in the world is represented in the sale — from the most coveted Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley wines, and fine champagnes, plus California and Australian cult wines, and Italian and Spanish rarities. The sales are expected to achieve a combined total in excess of $1,000,000.

Ever since Chef Charlie Trotter announced his retirement earlier this year after 25 years at the helm of his eponymous Chicago restaurant, legions of wine collectors around the world have been hoping they might have this opportunity to acquire something for themselves from this magnificent cellar. The relationship that Chef forged between his kitchen and his wine cellar were truly revolutionary, creating a unique, harmonious dining experience that no one who dined there could soon forget,” noted Per Holmberg, Head of Wine at Christie’s New York.”

Added Chef Charlie Trotter, “My philosophy on food and wine has always been based on the notion that they should not just complement but inspire one another, taking the complete dining experience to even greater heights. The wines to be offered from my cellar have inspired a bounty of great dining experiences for me and for my guests over the years. I hope they will inspire their next owners in much the same way.”



From its earliest days in operation, fine and rare wines have been at the center of the Charlie Trotter experience. Before its closure in August, the restaurant operated four separate wine cellars on-site, for red wines, white wines, large-format bottles, and dessert wines. To walk each cellar was to take a virtual tour of the world through wine, from Old World to New, and with a wealth of rare treasures to discover along the way.

About Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant  

Charlie Trotter’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the world. For nearly 25 years, the restaurant dedicated itself to excellence in the culinary arts. Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant is innovative and progressive in the world of food and wine and has been instrumental in establishing new standards for fine dining worldwide.

The restaurant is recognized by a variety of prestigious national and international institutions. Among those include its being a member of Traditions et Qualité. This Forbes Five Star award-winning restaurant has won 11 James Beard Foundation awards, including ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ (2000) and ‘Outstanding Chef’ (1999) and most recently Chef Trotter won ‘Humanitarian of The Year” (2012). Wine Spectator named the restaurant ‘The Best Restaurant in the World for Wine & Food’ (1998) and ‘America’s Best Restaurant’ (2000). Wine Enthusiast named it ‘America’s Best Wine Driven Restaurant’ (2006) and it has been voted one of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ by Restaurant Magazine since 2004.

Complete catalogue available online at or via Christie’s Mobile, iPhone, iPad and Android apps.


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